The NFL draft routinely churns out a handful of impact players from smaller programs, and Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson should already have the attention of pro scouts around the league.
After a huge 2016 campaign, Wilson is picking up where he left off in 2017, topping 100 yards twice, including a 200-yard performance against Virginia.
Wilson recently spoke exclusively with Draft Breakdown about making a position change from quarterback to receiver, how his father, NFL veteran Cedrick Wilson Sr. is helping him prepare for the next level, and which intricacies of route running are his favorite. I’ve also included some video analysis of Wilson’s game. Enjoy.
JM: We’re here on the Draft Breakdown with Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson. Thanks for joining me today Cedrick.
CW: Thanks for having me. I’m thrilled to be here.
JM: You put up some big numbers last year when you topped 1,000 receiving yards while scoring eleven times. Why did you decide to return for your senior season? A lot of guys would have entered the draft after such a strong junior season.
CW: I returned for my senior season because I felt that I could use another year of preparation. I’m back here working on the techniques that I could improve on before I make the jump to the next level. Wide receiver is still a fairly new position to me. Also, I only had two classes left before I graduate. That played a huge part in me returning to Boise State.
JM: Congratulations in advance on graduating.
CW: Thank you.
JM: You mentioned that you’re still learning the receiver position. You played quarterback in high school.
CW: I’ve played quarterback since I was a little boy. I played it all throughout high school as well, and made the switch to receiver when I arrived at Boise State.
JM: What prompted the position change?
CW: I originally played baseball and I was planning on playing both sports at the time. I decided to put all my attention into football, and my focus shifted to playing receiver. I just stuck it out and learned the position. A lot of people I trust felt that was a better move for me going forward.
JM: What were the biggest challenges of learning the position?
CW: Definitely the physical aspect of it. I didn’t get hit that much playing quarterback. My body had to get used to blocking and taking hits. I immediately noticed how sore my legs were after a game. I had to figure out how to work off defensive backs and how to get their hands off me; pretty much all the small things you do in between each play.
JM: What were some of the tactics you used to overcome those difficulties? Was it just an experience thing?
CW: When I arrived at Boise State, my coaches helped me out a lot. Repetition is how I overcame the obstacles in front of me. I went out there and did things over and over again. During the off-season, I never stopped working at it.